These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Irvine, CA For 2018

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Irvine are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Irvine, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Irvine neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Irvine are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Irvine for 2018:

  1. Lower Peters Canyon (Homes)
  2. Woodbridge (Homes)
  3. El Camino Real (Homes)
  4. Walnut Village (Homes)
  5. Oak Creek (Homes)
  6. West Park (Homes)
  7. Turtle Rock (Homes)
  8. San Joaquin Marsh (Homes)
  9. Irvine Health And Science Complex (Homes)
  10. Northwood (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Irvine that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Irvine.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Irvine for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Irvine, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Irvine.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Lower Peters Canyon.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Irvine has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Lower Peters Canyon

Population: 21,816
Median Income: $107,049
Median Home Value: $548,160

More on Lower Peters Canyon: Real Estate | Data

2. Woodbridge

Woodbridge Irvine, CA

Population: 25,284
Median Income: $93,067
Median Home Value: $579,783

Woodbridge is a large suburban housing development, begun in 1975 by The Irvine Company, in the central region of Irvine, California. It covers roughly four square miles and has two large artificial lakes at its center. It contains five elementary schools, two middle schools, and Woodbridge High School. The Interstate 405 forms its southern boundary. Most of the developments were completed by the mid-1990s. In 2013 development began on the first new housing tract in 15 years, consisting of 48 new homes called The Branches.
More on Woodbridge: Real Estate | Data

3. El Camino Real

Population: 15,703
Median Income: $99,875
Median Home Value: $463,717

More on El Camino Real: Real Estate | Data

4. Walnut Village

Population: 8,881
Median Income: $89,829
Median Home Value: $572,675

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5. Oak Creek

Population: 10,754
Median Income: $102,313
Median Home Value: $581,567

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6. West Park

Population: 22,732
Median Income: $108,006
Median Home Value: $528,156

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7. Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock Irvine, CA

Population: 10,172
Median Income: $120,160
Median Home Value: $894,134

Turtle Rock is a neighborhood in the south part of Irvine, Orange County, California near Concordia University, Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. It is bounded to the north by University Drive and Mason Regional Park, to the east by the Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Ridgeline Drive, to the south by Shady Canyon Drive, and to the west by Culver Drive. Turtle Rock is one of the five ‘villages’ originally forming Irvine; its 1967 founding is commemorated by a sculpture of a turtle in Turtle Rock Community Park, at the corner of Turtle Rock and Sunnyhill Drives. A two-lane internal loop road, Turtle Rock Drive, encircles the village and carries traffic between housing developments and the city’s main streets.
More on Turtle Rock: Real Estate | Data

8. San Joaquin Marsh

San Joaquin Marsh Irvine, CA

Population: 1,178
Median Income: $73,976
Median Home Value: $490,700

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 300 acres constructed wetland in Irvine, California, in the flood plain of San Diego Creek just above its outlet into the Upper Newport Bay.
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9. Irvine Health And Science Complex

Population: 4,706
Median Income: $95,158
Median Home Value: $428,750

The UCI Medical Center is part of the UC Irvine Health Sciences system, which is composed of a number of patient care locations that serve Orange County.
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10. Northwood

Northwood Irvine, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,583
Median Income: $113,620
Median Home Value: $658,594

Northwood is a community encompassing the northern portions of the city of Irvine, in Orange County, California. It covers the area enclosed by the Santa Ana Freeway, Culver Drive, Portola Parkway and Jeffrey Road.
More on Northwood: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Irvine

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Irvine where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Irvine:

  1. University Town Center
  2. Rancho San Joaquin
  3. Research Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Irvine

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Lower Peters Canyon 21,816 $548,160 1,049 4.9%
2 Woodbridge 25,284 $579,783 1,052 4.7%
3 El Camino Real 15,703 $463,717 1,369 3.9%
4 Walnut Village 8,881 $572,675 1,169 4.8%
5 Oak Creek 10,754 $581,567 1,132 7.5%
6 West Park 22,732 $528,156 1,159 4.1%
7 Turtle Rock 10,172 $894,134 583 5.1%
8 San Joaquin Marsh 1,178 $490,700 1,045 4.1%
9 Irvine Health And Science Complex 4,706 $428,750 1,403 3.1%
10 Northwood 23,583 $658,594 866 5.7%
11 Northwood Point 4,723 $870,350 583 7.5%
12 University Park 8,083 $522,350 1,283 6.4%
13 East Industrial Complex 1,344 $403,233 1,502 2.5%
14 Spectrum 2,606 $664,400 1,035 8.4%
15 Turtle Ridge 4,349 $500,000 1,092 7.8%
16 Business District 5,617 $299,967 1,402 5.2%
17 Uc Irvine 13,993 $281,567 2,041 3.2%
18 Research Park 1,389 $462,800 1,818 4.9%
19 Rancho San Joaquin 4,276 $178,867 2,133 6.3%
20 University Town Center 6,592 $293,580 2,041 4.3%

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